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N-test by China before May: U.S. journal

WASHINGTON, MAY 12. American spy satellites have detected evidence that China has stepped up the pace of preparations for an underground nuclear weapons test that could take place before the end of the month, the Washington times reported today.

The newspaper quoted American Intelligence officials as saying spy satellites last week picked up vehicle activity at the Lop Nur nuclear weapons test site in the remote western province of Xinjiang.

The officials, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, told the newspaper that the information was gleaned from Intelligence reports that coincided with the resumption on Monday of American reconnaissance flights near China.

- Reuters

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